Abstract We describe PCTL, a temporal logic extending CTL with connectives allowing to refer to the past of a current state. This incorporates the new N, “from now on,” combinator we recently introduced. PCTL has a branching future, but a determined, finite, and cumulative past. We argue this is the right choice for a semantical framework and show this through an extensive example. We investigate the feasibility of verification with PCTL and demonstrate how a translation-based approach allows model-checking specifications written in NCTL, a fragment of PCTL.